A gallery of wedding cakes with bows, words, flowers, birds and leaves
for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Atop
This one was featured at the NYTimes Your One-of-a-Kind Cake Toppers Slide Show
My grandparents Kay and Matt Walsh were married on Valentine’s Day in 1942 and this cute couple adorned their cake. Within a few months my grandfather, who owned Jimmy Ryan’s Dixieland Jazz Club on West 54th Street, was in uniform and heading overseas. These little bisque lovebirds made an appearance at each of their four daughters’ weddings and the third generation of granddaughters continued the tradition. I’ve always thought the groom looked like a dapper New Yorker, like my grandfather. My husband, Joel, and I were delighted that it was present at our own Valentine’s Day wedding in 2010.
Joe and Maura in Philadelphia
Love birds and flowers atop Laura and James’ Wedding Cake
You’ve seen many of these cake photos when the Weekly Challenge was Layers
Celeste and Shawn’s Reception at the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium
Dan and Ann Crystal Tearoom in Philadelphia
Melissa and Jeremy cut their cake
Autumn Leaves and Buckeyes atop Jacklyn and Mike’s cake with Maura watching
Kevin and Kat’s Wedding Cake
Prudence and Jordan in Somerset
Donna and John DAbruzzo Cake Topper
Jarrod and Lauren James at the Rivers Club downtown Pittsburgh
Berries atop cupcakes Jessica and Matthew’s Wedding at the Aviary
Alaska Honeymoon Bound- Kevin and Erica Acklin’s wedding in Iowa.
Marti and Ilde’s Cake Topper
from the wedding and anniversary archives
A valentine collage of some of the couples I’ve had the privilege to photograph on their special days, capturing them loving one another.
The Wedding Celebration on Friday 4-8-16
August 28, 2015. A beautiful August evening for a happy wedding celebration. Here’s the first peek at some highlights of the photographs from the wedding. Congratulations to Kevin and Kat!
Here are the bride Kathleen (Kat) and Kevin. He is watching her come down the aisle of the top deck of the Three Rivers Queen (Gateway Clipper Line)
Tying the knot
The sun was sinking fast.
Reboarding on the gang plank
Their two dogs are important to them although they didn’t attend the wedding they were featured in the cake topper silhouette.
Working together to get the wedding cake’s first piece out and onto a plate. It’s more difficult than it looks!
Their rings in the bride’s bouquet
A full moon over the city of Pittsburgh
They amaze me, the velvet flowers. Roses.
I’ve never grown them but I hear it can be difficult to do so.
My mother had red climbing ones all over the backyard fence in New Jersey. My sister has taken me to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to see the wonderful specimens with memorable names. “With over 5,000 bushes of more than 1,200 kinds of roses, the Cranford Rose Garden features one of the largest collections of rose cultivars in North America.”
In 1977, my father took Mark as a toddler in the stroller to the cemetery at Old St. Mary’s Church on South 4th St. In addition to the historic gravestones there were old fashioned roses everywhere.
I like roses at every stage – bud to all-the-way-falling-off petals.
Last week it was lush blue and white hydrangeas which I shared with my daughter at the hospital, the blue for birth of a boy seemed perfect. They were a great background for the food pusher post the other day. This past Saturday, it was white hydrangeas combined with pale pink roses.
At each wedding I was given lovely flowers to take home. I brought this bouquet from the reception back to Ohio.
As I carried it in from the car, I noticed the roses had opened.
You can savor the celebrations as you admire the blooms.
Plus, the scent of them reminds me of my grandmother who worked in the florist shop in Lincoln Illinois when I was a kid.
Photographed with iPhone6 just now.
Congratulations Nicki and Jeff. What a fun wedding. Thanks for allowing me to blog a first peek at some of the photos. Love the umbrella shots
Wishing you every happiness, always. Ruth
Staying dry inside the shelter of the Carousel Gazebo- Alameda Park, Butler PA
Not raining yet.
Nicki’s bridal portrait
The cookie table spread was a gift from friend Ellen and they were delicious. A lot of baking.
A beautiful day for a beautiful wedding.
Here is the wedding party with the lion.
The Bridesmatrons are Cousin Katie, Sister Vicky, Friend Laura, Bride Celeste. Groom Shawn, Best Man Jason, Groomsman David, Groomsman Jason. Lion top right, name unknown.
Then the baby elephant ran out and nuzzled the mother elephant.
Another bench. This time at the zoo.
Just a smidgen, a sweet taste.
Celeste and Shawn first dance in reflection
Saturday July 19, 2014
The whole day was filled with love, love, love. There was mist, then drizzle, but no downpour. A little thunder and at the end of the evening we heard the Pittsburgh Pirates fireworks, boom boom boom.
Jessica and Matthew worked hard on every detail but the weather was out of their control.
Everyone was a good sport and carried umbrellas, one maid of honor wore her boots! I covered the camera with plastic grocery bags. And then it stopped.
It was long awaited for and very happy day.
You can see the mutual admiration, love and affection for one another in these photographs. The wedding and reception were held at The National Aviary on the North Side of Pittsburgh
Congratulations and all the best to Jessica and Matthew. It was a lovely wedding to capture.
Enjoy your European honeymoon adventure.
In front of the mantle in the Music Room
With Disco Pete the Penguin after the ceremony
Wedding Party on the bridge in the park on the North Side
Matthew holds Jessica’s dress
A kiss under the veil
A little rain doesn’t matter
James Bond and his Bride
The Sweetheart Table
The sisters’ toast
Oakmont Bakery made the cake and cupcakes
A sweet kiss after the cake cutting with a taste of frosting!
Throwing the bouquet
The garter toss
(and the embroidery hoop filled with lace, dangling from the ceiling of the tent- remember the bride is an art teacher)
and the Best Man Ty and His wife Jean, parents of darling flower girl, too (hope it is spelled correctly) help out at the end of the night